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They won’t know you bought it on Christmas Eve.
It is an unacceptable position. Shipping deadlines have long passed, and a winter storm has moved in to complicate next-day delivery options. The “just get a gift card” emails have started flooding in. You have to go to the family—or the family of your choice—first thing on Christmas Sunday morning, and you never go shopping there.
In this busy, busy holiday season, we don’t blame you. (Okay, we blame you a little—have you seen our extensive coverage of holiday shopping?) In all fairness, a last-minute gift doesn’t mean you don’t care. It means you have lost time. We’ll let you in on a little secret: The best last minute sign up gift.
Not only is the gift that keeps on giving, but registering also gives you a good excuse for not having something tangible to open on Christmas morning, without the ambiguity of a gift card. We’ve rounded up eight of the best across our tastes, people, and price points. Read on for our 13 recommendations, starting at $9 per package.
13 Best Subscription Box Gifts You Can Buy at the Last Minute:
Book Subscription Box: Book of the Month, $15/month; bookofthemonth.com.
Beauty Subscription Box: IPSY, $13/month; ipsy.com.
Scent Subscription Box: Scentbird, $17/month; scentbird.com.
Jewelry Registry Box: Rocksbox, $21/month; rocksbox.com.
Men’s Registration Box: Bespoke Post, $49/month; bespokepost.com.
Dog Parent Registration Box: BarkBox, $35/month; barkbox.com.
Tea Subscription Box: Sips By, $16/month; sipsby.com.
Coffee Subscription Box: Atlas Coffee Club, $9/month; atlascoffeeclub.com.
Foodie’s Subscription Box: Goldbelly, $250/3 months; goldbelly.com.
Technical Registration Box: Breo Box, $140 for starter package with code WRAP35; breobox.com.
Registration of socks: Standing, $19/month; situation.com.
Flower Subscription Box: Bouqs, $40/month; bouqs.com.
Candle Subscription Box: Brooklyn Candle Studio, $25/month; Brooklyncandlestudio.com.
Subscription boxes are expanding across categories, so you’re guaranteed to find one that fits your gifting preferences. Personally, I love Book of the Month subscriptions, which take the work out of finding the next page turner. At $15 a pop, it’s even cheaper than paperbacks, and you can cash out your credits for the months you don’t use them.
If you’re shopping for someone for the best in fashion and style, choose a subscription box with fragrance, beauty, or something similar that introduces them to new products and samples. For example, Rocksbox is a jewelry rental service that allows them to constantly change their look.
If that guy likes more masculine, personalized gifts, consider Bespoke Post for $40 a month, which curates a great variety of goodies from smaller and under-the-radar brands. You can choose a themed box that best reflects the beauty of your gift, with a selection of products sure to impress everyone from the whiskey lover to the home cook.
For the hard-to-buy-for person, consider buying on behalf of their beloved, furry family member: their dog. The second-hand joy of seeing their pup wrestle with a new toy, collar, and other accessories from Barkbox can mean more than opening the box for themselves.
For someone who prefers to eat their gifts, there are plenty of food (and drink) subscription boxes to fit the bill. A coffee person? Go to Atlas Coffee Club, which will satisfy even the pickiest of java lovers. The foundation will also appeal to world travelers, as the service allows you to try small coffees from around the world, and prices start at just $9 per month for a half bag. More than a tea drink? Choose Sips by Subscription, which includes your gift tea for just $16 a month. If you have more wiggle room in your budget—and someone who wants to splurge—consider Goldbelly’s extensive subscription offerings. While their gourmet subscriptions range from city restaurants to categories (pizza, ice cream, barbecue), you can’t go wrong with their Best of Goldbelly 3-Month subscription available for just $250. Their tastebuds will thank you for it.
Similarly, if you want to get yourself a tech gift but are overwhelmed, the quarterly Breo Box will score you big with a gift that’s always on the hunt for the newest, shiniest invention. Get $35 with a code in your box WRAP35. Also on sale is a subscription to Stance socks; Get a free month on your gift subscription when you shop today. As a bonus, you can customize the timing of these deliveries—monthly or quarterly—and the styles provided for each delivery.
Still lost? A quality candle or fresh flowers are always appreciated. These gifts add the finishing touch to any atmosphere. The Candle of the Month Club from New York-based Brooklyn Candle Studio posts a small, seasonal candle every few weeks, alongside an attractive matchbox that you can light. And last year, I bought my mom a monthly flower subscription from Bouqs which was as much a gift to me as it was to her. Each month, I love to choose the flowers that she will love the most, along with a short note, and it makes us feel even closer to the delivery date.
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